Amtrak sets special fares for fall

CHICAGO -- Amtrak is offering special fares for fall.

The Amtrak Explore America fares apply to travel in any one of four regions of the country for $179; any two adjacent regions for $239; the entire country for $299; or travel within Florida for $69. Passengers travel roundtrip by coach class and can stop to visit in three cities, including their destination.

Fares are available through Nov. 14 for travel through Dec. 17. Fares are nonrefundable and require a 14-day advance reservation. Other restrictions apply.

Everyday coach discounts for seniors and children also can be combined with the Fall Amtrak Explore America Fares. Passengers age 62 and over receive a 15% coach discount, and up to two children ages 2 through 15 can travel for half-fare when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.

The trains allow passengers to dine and watch first-run films. For an additional fee, travelers can upgrade to a private sleeping accommodation that includes meals.

Amtrak, Phone: (800) USA-RAIL. Web: www.amtrak.com

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